Kell Brook rules out retirement, plans 2018 return and hints at move up in weight

Rumours of letting his weight go and enjoying the wilder side of life have lurked in the background as Brook dealt with two massive blows to his previously undefeated record.

A pair of surgeries either side of his face didn’t help as Brook broke a separate eye socket in each contest to compound his post-fight misery.

After taking some time to evaluate his situation, Brook has decided to plow on and vowed to be back in action in the coming year, potentially at the higher super-welterweight limit.

“I will be fighting again, but just not this year,” Brook told Bob Westerdale of the Sheffield Star.

“I have been having a really long time off and been coming back down to earth.

“I know I will have to push myself to get back in there but I still want to be a champion.

“As for which weight, I’m not 100% on that. It is well known how hard it is for me to get down to welterweight but if the right fight is there (Amir Khan).

“I know I have much more to give. I need to get back in the groove.

“In the last few months, I have not always known what to do with myself – nobody telling me what to do and what to eat.

“I have got a few quid and don’t have to work but I am always happy when I’m getting into shape.

“I am enjoying myself in the gym, I like getting a sweat on and having a craic with the lads.”

Referring to cutting down to 147 as opposed to making 154 comfortably, Brook added:

“I want something to look forward to – things like having a cheat meal when I am dieting!”